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Double danger: Seniors prescribed mental health drugs at twice normal rate

Twice as many mental health drugs and half as many visits with psychiatrists: that's the dangerous equation today's older adults are dealing with in America, a new study says.

One of the several problems with the increased intake of the medications that include anti-anxiety drugs Xanax, Valium and Ativan is that most seniors face increased risks of drug interactions with other prescriptions they take. The interactions can in some cases mean older Denver drivers might find themselves arrested for DUID (driving under the influence of drugs).

Researchers say Xanax, Valium and Ativan all carry higher risks of falls and fractures for older adults, UPI reports. The medications can also exacerbate a senior's decline in cognitive abilities.

A number of studies have shown that Xanax, for instance, has side effects that included blurred vision, slowed reaction times, confusion, dizziness, slurred speech and fatigue, among others.

Commonly prescribed antidepressants can also cause varying levels of impairment in consumers that include insomnia, blurred vision, dizziness and anxiety, according to WebMD.

For senior drivers in Denver and across the metro area, the possibility that you might be arrested for DUID or DUI is one of the last things on your mind. But if you are taking anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants, the possibility is real.

Serious legal help is available for these serious legal problems. Experienced, effective, cost-efficient attorneys can help you retain your driving privileges and minimize punishments you might face.

Please see our DUID page for more information about  Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., can serve you.

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